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Are these any good or should I purchase something else.
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They ain't bad.  I have one for scope mounting (ring halves mostly.)  The only 2 issues in my opinion are:
1.  The bits don't stay in well, nothing locks in the adapter so it can fall out easily.
2.  The gradations are rough - nothing for individual numbers, just a scale with lots of room to guess at the exact torque. 

For the money and for rings that can be plus/minus a few pounds, it is a good investment.

For mounting rings to bases or something with a little more precision needed, I'd go with an exact torque wrench set to the torque needed.
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What woudl you suggest for more precision.
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http://www.swfa.com/p-11584-warne-torque-wrench.aspx  for rings caps and bases
http://www.swfa.com/p-2900-leupold-mark-4-torque-wrench.aspx  for heavier duty rings to bases.

Or you could just go to an auto parts store and buy an adjustable torque wrench that goes from about 15 in lbs to 100 in lbs and be completely covered.  That is what I use and it works great.  If you go that route, make sure it is inch lbs and not foot lbs. 


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I use a small Craftsman torque wrench in a 1/4 inch drive, and have all the needed sockets with screwdriver bits and such. It cost about $69, but seems to work pretty well for what I do. If I had it to do over, I may have gone higher quality, but it suits its purpose.
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Originally posted by trigger29 trigger29 wrote:

I use a small Craftsman torque wrench in a 1/4 inch drive, and have all the needed sockets with screwdriver bits and such. It cost about $69, but seems to work pretty well for what I do. If I had it to do over, I may have gone higher quality, but it suits its purpose.


+1, I like that kind of wrench.  It gives a lot more versatility than a fixed wrench.  I use my for automotive and my gun stuff and whatever else I need to torque.
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Originally posted by head hunter head hunter wrote:

Are these any good or should I purchase something else.
The Wheeler is fine for occasional use. It's just not a professional level tool and is not calibrated. Still it's plenty close enough for most people. I work on a lot of guns as a hobby and use the much heavier duty and properly calibrated Utica TS35. The Utica is more money but good to 36 inch-lbs +/- 3% and will out live me. Just remember that with any of these you have to dial them back to zero before putting them away.

Other options are the Proto torque driver ($$$) or just a plain inch-pound torque wrench.


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I have the Warne and I really like it!
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

They ain't bad.  I have one for scope mounting (ring halves mostly.)  The only 2 issues in my opinion are:
1.  The bits don't stay in well, nothing locks in the adapter so it can fall out easily.
2.  The gradations are rough - nothing for individual numbers, just a scale with lots of room to guess at the exact torque. 

For the money and for rings that can be plus/minus a few pounds, it is a good investment.

For mounting rings to bases or something with a little more precision needed, I'd go with an exact torque wrench set to the torque needed.
 
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Thanks everyone for your advice. I just need to get something to mount the occasinal scope. When it comes to opicts, rings, and bases all I know is what I have learned on here reading your post. Again thanks guys I really apperciate your help.
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